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Hi-tech cars are security risk, warn researchers

Car hackerSecurity researchers are worried that car computer systems could make them vulnerable to hackers

The most complicated computational device you own is probably not in your pocket, not mining bitcoins in the back room or nestled by the TV helping the kids “frag” their friends in eye-popping video game HD.

It might be sitting on your drive, in the garage or on the street.

The it, in this case, is your car.

Modern vehicles are very smart. They can recognise that they are crashing faster than you can and prepare for the impact before you have time to think: “This is going to hurt.”

They know when it is raining, when you are straying from your lane or are in danger of hitting the wall when you park.

“Cars today are not just computers on wheels,” says security researcher Josh Corman.

“They are networks of computers on wheels.”

And therein lies the problem, he tells the BBC.

Mr Corman is spokesman for a grassroots group known as I Am The Cavalry (IATC) that seeks to communicate the thoughts and fears of many professional security testers to the wider world. Of late, IATC has been getting very worried about cars.

Car laptopEarly attempts at hacking vehicles involved taking them apart to access their systems

A modern car, Mr Corman says, has up to 200 small embedded computers in it, known as electronic control units (ECUs), each one of which, in general, oversees one subsystem.

They all connect to a network that ships data around the car to co-ordinate what is going on as it is driven.

The embedded computers are typically not made by car manufacturers. Instead they come from other companies, which often do not – or will not – say how they work.

Physical hacks

Before now, that has not worried the carmakers who just want the black box to meet their specifications for such things as monitoring tyre pressure, measuring the angle of the steering wheel, working out how many people are in the car or that they are wearing seatbelts.

But the lack of transparency has vexed security researchers who, in recent months, have been taking a much closer look at in-car computer systems.

They have not been impressed by what they have found.

Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek of security firm IOActive led the way in hacking the computer systems in cars, says Andy Davis, head of research at NCC Group.

The early work on car hacking involved getting physical access to the vehicle.

Car partsVehicles often contain computer-controlled parts made by several different manufacturers

Mr Miller and Mr Valasek literally tore apart the cars they investigated to get at the Controller Area Network (Can) buried in its substructure.

“If you can get access to that Can either physically or remotely you can essentially control the vehicle,” says Mr Davis.

At the recent Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas, the two IOActive researchers presented their latest work entitled, A survey of remote automotive attack surfaces.

It took a close look at the hackability of 21 separate vehicles. Everything from a Toyota Prius to a Range Rover Evoque.

The report found exploitable problems almost everywhere it looked – in wireless tyre pressure sensors, telematics controllers and even anti-theft systems.

2014 Jeep CherokeeA study indicated the 2014 Jeep Cherokee was more vulnerable than several rival models

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee topped the list of the most hackable cars and the 2014 Dodge Viper was the least hackable.

But the Jeep’s maker, Chrysler noted that there had been “been no documented, real-world incidents of remote hacking”.

“We have a team of engineers dedicated to developing cyber-security features in anticipation of emerging threats,” it added.

“Further, Chrysler Group strongly supports the responsible disclosure protocol for addressing cybersecurity. Accordingly, we invite security specialists to first share with us their findings so we might achieve a cooperative resolution. To do otherwise would benefit only those with malicious intent.”

Breakdown alerts

Many of the latest attacks seek to get at a car remotely via the communication systems now sported by many modern vehicles, explains Mr Davis.

“The reason this has become much more of a high-profile, ongoing issue is because of the way things are going in the car industry and the whole idea of the connected car.”

In Europe and the US there are moves to set up so-called eCall systems that automatically contact emergency services when a vehicle has been involved in a serious accident.

An allied bCall system would ring for help in the event of a breakdown.

There is no doubt, says Mr Davis, that soon all cars will be connected cars.

Car wheel being changedThere are plans for cars to be able to call for help in the event of a breakdown

“That has made all the carmakers realise it’s something they need to provide,” he adds.

“But if they have to do this we have to ask what else can we do to it?”

Black box

NCC Group recently conducted a six-week investigation into the security of vehicles from one manufacturer, which it declined to name.

Mr Davis says a whole range of security problems was found, but the biggest failing in his mind only emerged when researchers questioned the carmaker about issues that had arisen during the tear-down.

“We let them know about our assumptions of how the ECUs could be abused and they said, ‘This is a black box for us,’” Mr Davis recalls.

“So, they went to the third-party that made it, who said it was proprietary information and we will not tell you.”

Dashboard readoutMini-computers can spot potential problems at an early stage

That’s a big problem, he adds, because it means solving those security issues becomes much more difficult.

This lack of clarity about the innards of in-car computers prompted IATC to publish a letter calling on vehicle makers to improve security.

Some steps have already been taken, says Mr Corman, thanks to IOActive raising the issue in the media.

That’s led to it being discussed more inside car firms and, in particular, among RD and engineering staff.

“They know what they need to do but they have been lacking the executive support to make it happen,” he says.

He singles out Tesla as one carmaker that is setting good standards. It has an open disclosure policy and actively seeks help to squash bugs in the software and other systems used to control its cars.

Computer and carResearchers say the car companies are becoming more aware of the risk of hackers

But he acknowledges that it will take time to encourage others to do likewise and demand more open and secure standards from their suppliers, Mr Corman adds.

“We’re taking a strategic long view,” he says.

“It has to be a long view given how long it takes to do RD, how long it takes to do testing and to bring a car to market.

“This is not like Facebook where if there is a security problem they can fix it overnight.”

Article source: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28886463

Google’s Self-Driving Cars Won’t Work In Heavy Rain Or On Most Roads

google car driverless self-driving

Google

It seems that Google may be facing a bumpier ride with self-driving cars than initially expected.

An MIT Technology Review report released last week said that the cars rely so much on maps and detailed data that they can’t drive themselves around 99% of the USA. It’s not a promising outlook for Google’s new project.

Although the vehicles have already driven 700,000 miles safely, there is clearly still a lot of testing still to do. The cars have yet to drive in snowy conditions and it’s not yet safe to drive in heavy rain either. Many of the problems arise from how good the detection technology is on the car and how well it is able to discriminate between different objects in view and between different weather conditions.

The vehicle’s video cameras can detect the blink of a traffic light, but Google is still working on trying make sure the cameras aren’t blinded by sunlight. There are also countless other unexpected obstacles the cars may face — potholes, pedestrians running on roads, and parking.

Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, acknowledges that the cars still had a lot of navigation problems. Illustrating the point, he told MIT Technology: “I could contruct a construction zone that could befuddle the car.” The cars detect pedestrians as moving, column-shaped pixels. Urmson recognizes this could cause problems. For example, the cars wouldn’t be able to spot a police officer by the side of the road waving for traffic to stop.

It is not just during the journey when the cars may be having problems. Before setting off on a journey, the machine needs to form a detailed route of where it plans to go. The process is far more complicated than the process in which Google Maps finds out a route or gives you directions. A Google car would not know if a new traffic light or stop sign appeared that wasn’t on its programmed map.

Google is doing what it can to address these problems. When A Google car encounters new street signs and lights, it sends feedback to update the mapping software.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has just introduced regulations to make having a steering wheel a necessity as of the Sept. 16, the Wall Street Journal’s technology blog Digits reported.

Article source: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-self-driving-cars-dont-work-in-rain-or-on-roads-2014-9

13 Sweet, Affordable Cars to Take Back to School

Just as reliable as a Corolla or Civic but way more fun, the Mazda 3 offers a manual transmission for the student who wants to be serious about driving. The long hood makes it better-looking than most of its sedan peers. Prudent parents will want the base 3i engine with 155 hp over the 184-hp Skyactiv 2.5 liter. With a highway mpg figure in the 40s, it’s a fuel-sipper, too. MSRP $19,750 and up Mazda

Mazda

The Ford Fiesta 1.0L proves you don’t need lots of displacement to have fun. With a 3-cylinder turbo engine, lithe handling, and somewhat funky looks, it’s a hot hatch that gets 45 mpg on the highway. The 2014 1.0L comes as a manual only, so this is your chance to teach your teenager to shift. MSRP: $16,080 Ford

Ford

If you’re an MBA or law student and you want to look like you’ve already arrived, or you’re a parent who needs a car for both carpooling and client dinners, go for an older Leuxs. The big back seats on the 2006 LS offer limo-level luxury, the ride is smooth, and since it’s basically a Toyota, it’ll last for years as its milage cranks up into six figures. Driving excitement? Not so much, but it has quiet dignity with durability. $18,000 and up. Lexus

Lexus

One of the great recent sporty sedans, even early variations of the Acura TSX have features like voice-activated navigation and can be found with a manual transmission. Add bomb-proof Honda/Acura reliability, and you have a sedan that’ll provide driving thrills at legal speeds with everyday usability. It’s cheaper to go for the first-generation model, so anything between 2004 and 2009 should do the trick. $8,000 and up. Craig Wyzik/Flickr

Craig Wyzik/Flickr

Heading to college somewhere with snow and ice? Though it suffers from a reputation as the standard-issue car for music festival attendees, the Outback has the best all-wheel drive you can get on the cheap, and it’s small and just as capable as any mini-truck. The base 2.5i also comes with Bluetooth and Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control, a proprietary traction control, which is a lot of tech for a bare-bones model. MSRP $24,000 Subaru

Subaru

One of the best urban vehicles, the Fiat 500 is cheaper than a Mini Cooper and more compelling than a Toyota. If we were begging our parents for a car, we’d push for the Abarth version with its 160-horsepower engine, manual transmission, and and styling to make the high school parking lot feel like a Monaco mansion driveway. MSRP $17,000 Fiat

Fiat

If a Tesla is out of your price range, consider a diesel as an environmentally-friendly fuel-sipping alternative. The 2.0-liter turbo-equipped VW Golf TDI can be paired with a six-speed manual for more involved driving, or you can go further and get the GTI two-door hot hatch. If you need to go far on a single tank — like heading home from campus to do your laundry — it’s the diesel we’d get. MSRP $26,000 Volkswagen

Volkswagen

If you absolutely must have a truck but hate spending money on gas, the 2008 Toyota Highlander with the hybrid engine is as close as you’ll get to an eco-friendly SUV. It’ll get over 25 mpg if you’re careful, an astronomical number for a three-row cargo-hauler. The hybrid first arrived in 2006, but the 2008 model comes with a bigger third-row seat, if back-to-school means carpooling and sports equipment. $15,000 and up Toyota

Toyota

There’s always the kid who gets the ridiculous car he or she wants, and if you’re a show-off in a varsity jacket, there’s nothing more conspicuous and overpowered than the Dodge Hellcat. If 707 horsepower is too much power for weekday driving, the car has a two-key system — a red one for all-out power, and a black one that limits it to 500 hp. MSRP $60,000 Chrysler

Chrysler

Just got accepted to UC Santa Barbara, or some other sun-drenched campus? Pick up one of the best two-seat roadsters, ever. With a new generation coming out next year, the 2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 will be cheap, but still have all the components that make it great. The car exemplifies how much more fun it is to drive a slow(er) car fast than a fast car slow, though it’s a handful on slippery roads.   Mazda

Mazda

For sporty, non-license-losing fun, it’s impossible to beat the Scion FR-S. Outfitted with skinny Prius tires and a rear-wheel drive system, it’s easy to lose the tail for some parking lot donuts. As long as winter driving and cargo-hauling aren’t a top priority, this is what we’d take for tame, but exuberant driving on a budget. The FR-S is cheaper than the nearly identical Subaru BRZ. MSRP $25,500 Newspress

Newspress

The car the Honda Element should’ve been, the Fit is a miracle of interior efficiency. Its seats can be rearranged Tetris-style to turn the interior into empty cargo-hauling space. Since the 2015 model is an all-new third-generation variation, the 2014 model can be found for cheap. MSRP $16,215 Newspress

Newspress

The 2014 Sonic packs a ton of tech into a cheap hatchback. Go for the $16,380 LT model and you get Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which runs Pandora, TuneIn, and SiriusXM, and is free for three months with the car. The real pull for concerned parents is Siri Eyes Free, which allows an iPhone user to make calls and handle text messages through voice commands. MSRP $14,770 Newspress

Newspress

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Just as reliable as a Corolla or Civic but way more fun, the Mazda 3 offers a manual transmission for the student who wants to be serious about driving. The long hood makes it better-looking than most of its sedan peers. Prudent parents will want the base 3i engine with 155 hp over the 184-hp Skyactiv 2.5 liter. With a highway mpg figure in the 40s, it’s a fuel-sipper, too. MSRP $19,750 and up Mazda

Mazda

The Ford Fiesta 1.0L proves you don’t need lots of displacement to have fun. With a 3-cylinder turbo engine, lithe handling, and somewhat funky looks, it’s a hot hatch that gets 45 mpg on the highway. The 2014 1.0L comes as a manual only, so this is your chance to teach your teenager to shift. MSRP: $16,080 Ford

Ford

If you’re an MBA or law student and you want to look like you’ve already arrived, or you’re a parent who needs a car for both carpooling and client dinners, go for an older Leuxs. The big back seats on the 2006 LS offer limo-level luxury, the ride is smooth, and since it’s basically a Toyota, it’ll last for years as its milage cranks up into six figures. Driving excitement? Not so much, but it has quiet dignity with durability. $18,000 and up. Lexus

Lexus

One of the great recent sporty sedans, even early variations of the Acura TSX have features like voice-activated navigation and can be found with a manual transmission. Add bomb-proof Honda/Acura reliability, and you have a sedan that’ll provide driving thrills at legal speeds with everyday usability. It’s cheaper to go for the first-generation model, so anything between 2004 and 2009 should do the trick. $8,000 and up. Craig Wyzik/Flickr

Craig Wyzik/Flickr

Heading to college somewhere with snow and ice? Though it suffers from a reputation as the standard-issue car for music festival attendees, the Outback has the best all-wheel drive you can get on the cheap, and it’s small and just as capable as any mini-truck. The base 2.5i also comes with Bluetooth and Subaru’s Vehicle Dynamics Control, a proprietary traction control, which is a lot of tech for a bare-bones model. MSRP $24,000 Subaru

Subaru

One of the best urban vehicles, the Fiat 500 is cheaper than a Mini Cooper and more compelling than a Toyota. If we were begging our parents for a car, we’d push for the Abarth version with its 160-horsepower engine, manual transmission, and and styling to make the high school parking lot feel like a Monaco mansion driveway. MSRP $17,000 Fiat

Fiat

If a Tesla is out of your price range, consider a diesel as an environmentally-friendly fuel-sipping alternative. The 2.0-liter turbo-equipped VW Golf TDI can be paired with a six-speed manual for more involved driving, or you can go further and get the GTI two-door hot hatch. If you need to go far on a single tank — like heading home from campus to do your laundry — it’s the diesel we’d get. MSRP $26,000 Volkswagen

Volkswagen

If you absolutely must have a truck but hate spending money on gas, the 2008 Toyota Highlander with the hybrid engine is as close as you’ll get to an eco-friendly SUV. It’ll get over 25 mpg if you’re careful, an astronomical number for a three-row cargo-hauler. The hybrid first arrived in 2006, but the 2008 model comes with a bigger third-row seat, if back-to-school means carpooling and sports equipment. $15,000 and up Toyota

Toyota

There’s always the kid who gets the ridiculous car he or she wants, and if you’re a show-off in a varsity jacket, there’s nothing more conspicuous and overpowered than the Dodge Hellcat. If 707 horsepower is too much power for weekday driving, the car has a two-key system — a red one for all-out power, and a black one that limits it to 500 hp. MSRP $60,000 Chrysler

Chrysler

Just got accepted to UC Santa Barbara, or some other sun-drenched campus? Pick up one of the best two-seat roadsters, ever. With a new generation coming out next year, the 2014 Mazda Miata MX-5 will be cheap, but still have all the components that make it great. The car exemplifies how much more fun it is to drive a slow(er) car fast than a fast car slow, though it’s a handful on slippery roads.   Mazda

Mazda

For sporty, non-license-losing fun, it’s impossible to beat the Scion FR-S. Outfitted with skinny Prius tires and a rear-wheel drive system, it’s easy to lose the tail for some parking lot donuts. As long as winter driving and cargo-hauling aren’t a top priority, this is what we’d take for tame, but exuberant driving on a budget. The FR-S is cheaper than the nearly identical Subaru BRZ. MSRP $25,500 Newspress

Newspress

The car the Honda Element should’ve been, the Fit is a miracle of interior efficiency. Its seats can be rearranged Tetris-style to turn the interior into empty cargo-hauling space. Since the 2015 model is an all-new third-generation variation, the 2014 model can be found for cheap. MSRP $16,215 Newspress

Newspress

The 2014 Sonic packs a ton of tech into a cheap hatchback. Go for the $16,380 LT model and you get Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which runs Pandora, TuneIn, and SiriusXM, and is free for three months with the car. The real pull for concerned parents is Siri Eyes Free, which allows an iPhone user to make calls and handle text messages through voice commands. MSRP $14,770 Newspress

Newspress

As a student, you need your car to handle a few essential tasks. It should be able to haul sports gear, get student-budget-ready gas milage, be reliable enough to avoid costly repairs, have a solid safety rating, and still stand apart from the rest of the crowd. Sure, you could just pick up a Corolla or Civic, but there are way less boring cars to have for not too much money.

To mark the end of summer and the start of a new school year, we’ve picked out 13 new and used cars that hit all those marks, a few of which have some sly tech to keep students from driving like hellions.

Article source: http://www.wired.com/2014/09/best-back-to-school-cars-2/

Vintage And Customized Cars Showcased In Lavaca

Car

LAVACA (KFSM) – The Lavaca Car Show and Festival featured door prizes, live entertainment and vendors Saturday (Aug. 30). The rain ended the event earlier than anticipated. However, organizers said, about 60 cars entered the show.

“Some of the cars have never been out in the weather at all, have never been rained on and didn’t want rained on and so we wrapped it up a little early,” said Robert Sanders, car show organizer.

Prizes were awarded for the best interior, paint, engine and show.

A 1972 Plymouth Scamp was crowned as the winner.

The Lavaca Chamber of Commerce organized the 14th annual event with proceeds going to support the Chamber’s activities.

Article source: http://5newsonline.com/2014/08/30/vintage-customized-cars-showcased-in-lavaca/

Carousel Cruise features drool-worthy classic cars

The sounds of bubblegum rock drifted through Riverfront Park on Saturday as people wandered among dozens of classic cars for the 23rd annual Carousel Cruise.

The annual car show, put on by the Willamette Valley Street Rods, highlights hot rods, classic cars and other enviable vehicles, ranging from a 2011 Plymouth Prowler to a 1948 Milk Truck. Many of the cars displayed appropriately-smarmy license plates: SIN CTY. CRUZ ON. BAD ONE.

Willamette Valley Street Rods is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1972, that uses the money raised during the car show to fund local charities, including Family Building Blocks, Marion-Polk Food Share and, of course, Salem’s Riverfront Carousel. The event earns money through its sponsors, through registration fees, raffles, and a 50/50 drawing.

“We average around 300 cars every year,” said Michael Vickers, vice-president of the Willamette Valley Street Rods. “But we did get a little rained out this year. There’s 203 cars here. We’ll hope for better weather next year, but the great thing is that we’ll give trophies to almost half the cars here.”

Judges from the Street Rods and the general public all take part in choosing their favorite from among the cars to win one of the 63 trophies being given out that day. Vickers said the winner is traditionally a hot rod, but not always — judges focus more on the overall condition of the car, the paint and its interior.

“We look at the whole package,” he said. “Whether it’s a hot rod or a stock car, we don’t care. It could be a car built in 1901 or in 2014, as long as they enjoy it, they can come to our show.”

Vickers said he’s been a “gear-head” since he was a toddler and just loves coming to the shows to see the classic cars.

“You meet a lot of neat and interesting people at car shows,” he said. “There’s a new one every weekend.”

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Article source: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2014/08/30/salem-riverfront-carousel-cruise-features-drool-worthy-classic-cars/14877019/

Kentucky Corvette Museum decides to fill in sinkhole that damaged eight cars

August 30, 2014: Kimberly, left, and David Tompkins lean over to take a look at the sinkhole during a visit at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Miranda Pederson)

A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight prized sports cars won’t be a permanent attraction at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

The museum’s board of directors voted Saturday to fill in the entire hole that opened up in February and became an Internet sensation. Curiosity over the hole revved up attendance and revenue for the museum in Bowling Green, an hour north of Nashville, Tennessee.

Board members reversed course by deciding against preserving a section of the gaping hole.

Mindful of the hole’s popularity, museum officials in late June were leaning toward keeping part of the hole open and putting a crumpled sports car back in it to memorialize what happened when cars toppled like toys amid rocks, concrete and dirt when the sinkhole opened up in the museum’s Skydome.

The option of keeping part of the hole open lost favor because of added costs due to safety features, museum officials said.

“We really wanted to preserve a portion of the hole so that guests for years to come could see a little bit of what it was like, but after receiving more detailed pricing, the cost outweighs the benefit,” said museum Executive Director Wendell Strode.

To keep part of the hole, workers would have installed 35-foot-tall retaining walls and inserted beams in the hole to prevent future cracking, said museum spokeswoman Katie Frassinelli. Costs mounted to about $1 million — double earlier estimates — due to safety and humidity-control features.

Another worry was ongoing maintenance costs if a section of the hole stayed open, they said.

“It just wasn’t practical to do it,” Strode said.

The museum didn’t disclose how much it will cost to fill in the 60-foot-long, 45-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep sinkhole. Repairs are expected to start in November and take about six months, officials said. The museum will remain open, but the Skydome will be sealed off from visitors, who will be able to watch the repairs through a Plexiglas wall.

The hole will be filled completely with rock, then workers will drill into it to install steel casings, Frassinelli said. Crews will pour grout into the casings, creating a steel and concrete pillar to provide additional support under the floor.

Bowling Green, in south-central Kentucky, sits in the midst of a large karst region where many of Kentucky’s longest and deepest caves run underground. A karst region displays distinctive surface features, including sinkholes.

No one disputed the bonanza the Corvette Museum reaped from the sinkhole as more people ventured off the nearby interstate to visit.

Security camera footage showing the floor’s collapse has been viewed nearly 8.3 million times on YouTube, the museum said.

The Corvettes were pulled out of the hole to great fanfare. Visitors have been able to take a close look at the hole and the damaged cars.

Attendance surged by 66 percent since the hole opened up and revenue shot up 71 percent, Frassinelli said.

Museum membership has increased, and sales of merchandise are up at the museum, she said. The museum sells sinkhole-related shirts, postcards, prints and a 39-minute DVD about the sinkhole.

Meanwhile, the museum and Chevrolet have decided to repair three of the damaged cars.

Chevrolet will restore the 1992 white 1 millionth Corvette and the 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil, which was the first car pulled from the hole. Chevrolet will fund restoration of a 1962 black Corvette, but the museum will oversee the work. The other five were too badly damaged but will be displayed in their dented and crushed conditions at the museum.

“As the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair,” said General Motors global product development chief Mark Reuss. “And, frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are.”

The museum owned six of the cars and the other two were on loan from GM.

In all, General Motors will provide nearly $250,000 in support to help the museum recover from the sinkhole, the automaker said.

Announcements about repairing the sinkhole and cars came as thousands of Corvette enthusiasts converged on Bowling Green during the holiday weekend to celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary.

The museum is located near the Bowling Green factory where the iconic Corvettes are made.

Article source: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/08/31/kentucky-corvette-museum-decides-to-fill-in-sinkhole-that-damaged-eight-cars/

Topless Woman Fatally Struck By Several Cars In North Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A woman has died after she was struck by three cars Friday morning in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia, according to authorities.

Police say around 5 a.m.  a topless woman was crossing near Broad Street and Belfield Avenue against a red light when she was hit by a white vehicle heading south.

Investigators say the first car that struck the woman never bothered to stop. The second car that struck the victim did stop and called police for assistance. A third car then hit the woman, that car also did not stop.

However, police say the third driver later heard a news report and thought she was there and is cooperating with the investigation.

Now the police investigation is focused on the first driver, who did not stop, in a car described as white, with front end and windshield damage.

An eyewitness says “Even if you didn’t see her you should’ve felt the impact.”

Police say, “There must be someone that saw something or knows something about this car that would help in the investigation.”

The victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center where died from her injuries.

Police say there are 15 cameras in the area they will be reviewing as part of their investigation.

 

Article source: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2014/08/29/woman-struck-by-3-cars-in-north-philadelphia-only-1-stops/

Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan Price, Tesla Battery Cost, Lighter Cars: Today’s Car News

By
Stephen Edelstein






Tesla Motors - Model S lithium-ion battery pack

Tesla Motors – Model S lithium-ion battery pack

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Today we look, both directly and indirectly, at Tesla’s future.

See why the Toyota hydrogen fuel-cell sedan could target the Model S, and how the electric-car maker’s battery “Gigafactory” could get prices down to $100 per kilowatt-hour.

Meanwhile, the internal-combustion car still has some life in it, according to a survey of automotive engineers who believe the best path to fuel efficiency in the short term will be simply making cars lighter. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

Will Tesla’s battery gigafactory achieve the ultimate electric-car goal of $100 per kilowatt-hour?

Find out why natural-gas powered long-haul semi-trucks aren’t selling better.

Chinese carmaker BYD’s rising electric car sales are swamped by gasoline models.

Carmakers say the main path to better fuel efficiency is lighter vehicles. Battery-electric powertrains and hydrogen fuel cells were further down the list of priorities.

Read why the upcoming Toyota fuel cell sedan’s biggest competitor could be the Tesla Model S.

The FIXD app promises to instantly diagnose your car’s health, and track it over time.

Finally, the Chevrolet Niva subcompact crossover concept debuts at the 2014 Moscow Auto Show.

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Article source: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1094115_toyota-fuel-cell-sedan-price-tesla-battery-cost-lighter-cars-todays-car-news

With $38 Million Ferrari, Classic Car Market Revs Up

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Carfax: Title Washing Plagues 800K Cars

Title washing, a scam that attempts to hide problems with used cars, affects nearly 800,000 vehicles across the country, according to new research from Carfax.

Con men looking to sell wrecked cars used to wash vehicle titles using chemicals like bleach. Now they have sophisticated equipment at their disposal to falsify a clean record by removing title brands like “salvage” or “flood.”

Since titling laws vary, the cars are often moved to other states before they are sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Christopher Basso, a spokesman for Carfax, said the scam continues to fly under the radar among consumers. Title-washed automobiles are typically sold where a vehicle’s history isn’t readily available and in areas where consumers are primarily worried about price, he explained.

Carfax noted that consumers in New Jersey, North Carolina, Mississippi, California and Georgia are most at risk, while every state has thousands of affected cars on the road. Nationwide, more than 500 title-washed cars are likely serving as taxis.

The states with the most cases of title washing are states where flood damage occurs regularly, Basso said. Hurricane Sandy contributed to the recent uptick in title washing. Just this week, a used car dealership in New Jersey admitted to selling seven vehicles that were flooded during the storm.

“There’s a lot of money to be made, and con men can easily obtain the ability to get a clean title,” Basso said.

Carfax, whose parent company R.L. Polk was acquired last year by research firm IHS, provides car shoppers with vehicle history reports that detail past mechanical work. All motor vehicle departments in the U.S. and Canada report branded titles to Carfax. That information stays with the Carfax report even if the issue is washed off a title.

In addition to obtaining a report from Carfax, Basso recommends that buyers take vehicles for a test drive and have a mechanic inspect it.

“Normally the damage is severe in these cases. Mechanics can spot those cars,” he said.

Basso also said it’s a red flag when the name of an individual selling a car doesn’t match the name on the title.

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